Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
College Industry Partnerships
Engineering Technology curriculum generally provides wide spread knowledge in problem solving, management of resources, and process planning. An Industry Advisory Council for a university in Louisiana expressed the need for multi-skilled craftsman trained graduates, and worked with Engineering Technology faculty to develop an associate of science degree program, in collaboration with a local technical community college, that is focused on advanced manufacturing.
This paper discusses the development of an industry-driven program on advanced manufacturing. The program is implemented as a collaborative offering by a university in Louisiana and a neighboring technical community college. The developed program combines the strengths of complementary offerings to prepare multiskilled craftsmen. The program is implemented in a work-study format, where students go to classes two days per week, and work three days per week at a manufacturing facility. The paper starts by identifying the need for multiskilled craftsman training. After that it discusses the key components for multiskilled craftsman preparation: Safety, basic electrical and mechanical maintenance, welding, and automation. These components led to putting together an 80-hour 2-year curriculum that enables graduates to obtain an associate of science degree in engineering technology along with a certificate as maintenance technician. The paper concludes by providing directions for future development of the new program.
Ahmad, A., & Wolff, M. (2018, June), Development of a Multi-skilled Craftsman Program Through Collaboration Between Industry, Technical Community College, and Four-year University Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30323
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